Conserved mechanisms of chronic pain


This project involves combining human genomics data for chronic pain disease with high throughput behavioral genomics techniques in fruit fly in order to better understand how chronic pain develops after injury.


Professor Greg Neely

Research Location

Charles Perkins Centre - Greg Neely Lab

Program Type



This project will involve using high throughput genetics and genomics approaches to better understand how animals become sensitized to pain after injury. The project will involve use of fruit fly behavioral genetics techniques, and potentially bioinformatics, transgenic mice or human stem cells, and the successful applicant will be trained in these techniques. Over the course of the study, there is also opportunities for the successful applicant to travel and receive further training in pain genomics at Harvard or Oxford through a collaborative network.

 Exceptional applicants may qualify for an additional elite top-up scholarship worth up to $10000 per year.

Additional Information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Pain, Fruit fly, Stem cells, Behavioral Genomics, molecular biology

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2035

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